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Firstly, I ought to say that there are people who would be better
qualified than me to do a Brueton course description. Not least our selfless
core volunteer team, without whom Bruton parkrun wouldn’t happen.
We are extremely well blessed to have the likes of Nick and
Larry (top right pic) organising us, passionate runners themselves, but who still
give up most of their Saturday mornings for our enjoyment.
We are a modest size parkrun, usually attracting between 100
and 150 runners. So Parkrun tourists are welcome at Brueton parkrun.
Hopefully this write up will help those coming from out of
town, to find us in the first place, and perhaps to make the most of their
visit to Solihull. You’ll find that much of this information is in any case present
(and more professionally presented) on our web site at www.parkrun.org.uk/brueton
By car we are very easy to find, being less than a mile from
Junction 5 of the M42.
From the motorway junction, head towards Solihull, bare left
towards the town centre. Brueton park is signposted at the first island, and
you’ll find the entrance to the free car park on the right hand side a few
hundred meters further on. The postcode for your Satnav is B91 3HW.
Be aware that the small car park can fill up quickly on a
parkrun morning. Parking along Warwick Rd is permissible though, so this is not
too much of a problem.
By train, Solihull station is about a mile away. From there,
you would walk through the town centre, along the pedestrian high street, and
along New Rd, before entering the park at the northern end.
You may be confused by the fact that the northern end of the
park is called Malvern Park. Don’t worry. You’re in the right place. Just think
of it as one park.
Does parkrun tourism extend to flying? Well B’ham airport is
(co-incidentally) just 5 kilometres away!
At Brueton parkrun we have summer and winter season
variations to our course. Either way, we assemble in front of the Parkridge Nature
centre, in the middle of the park, about 400m from the car park. We have a bag
drop here, subject to the usual disclaimers.
I always cycle to the park, and leave my bike locked to one
of the trees at the assembly point, as do half a dozen others, but there is
also bike parking next to the car park, and at the northern end of the park.
The course is entirely on tarmac paths, apart from the final
150m of the summer course only, which is across the grass, ideal for that
sprint finish! The course is more or less flat, with I suppose a very slight
ascent towards the Malvern Park end.
A map of
the park (very similar to the official one in fact )
We use the main spine path running through the park in both
directions, so we always stay to the left hand side of the path to avoid running
in to each other. There is a solid white line conveniently painted down the
middle of this section of the path. You are allowed to overtake though!
southern end of the park we circle around a small wooded area and run alongside
Brueton lake. There is one tight turn here just to throw you off your stride!
At the northern end, we make a wider circle of the tennis
courts. Only the start and finish positions vary by season. Otherwise it is
essentially the same 2 lap course. We have marker posts at each kilometre, and
handily placed friendly smiling marshals, subject to availability. The
Parkridge Centre is usually open for refreshments at the finish.
Should you be intending to make a day of it in Solihull,
then Tudor Grange Leisure Centre is somewhere that you would be able to shower
and change. The shops, bars and restaurants in Touchwood and Solihull town
centre are as good as any in the region.
Touchwood, the town centre, Brueton Park itself,
Tudor Grange Leisure Centre and Solihull Station, are all within a comfortable walking
distance of each other.
If you want to know more, you can find us on the Parkrun web
site of course, as well as on Facebook and Twitter…